Patti LaBelle to Lead Tina Turner Tribute at BET Awards

Patti LaBelle will take the stage this weekend at the BET Awards to pay tribute to music legend Tina Turner.

LaBelle, who is a legend in her own right, will pay tribute to the queen of rock & roll “in a performance that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary,” BET said in a press release on Friday.

Turner died at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland on May 24. She was 83 years old.

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The music icon was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in rural Tennessee to a sharecropping family.

In the 1950s, she met Ike Turner at a gig with his band, the Kings of Rhythm. She started singing with the band and Ike chose the name Tina Turner for her.

Ike and Tina married in 1962 and formed the Ike and Tina Turner Revue.

After leaving Ike and facing financial difficulties, Turner relaunched his career in the 80s.

His comeback album private dancer sold 10 million copies. She topped the charts with hits such as “We Don’t Need Another Hero”, a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and the worldwide hit “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, which won the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year. and Best Pop Vocal Performance.

Throughout her career, Turner has received 12 Grammy Awards, including eight competitive Grammy Awards.

She has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021.

Turner will be honored at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

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